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More USDA Grants

In addition to the USDA's Rural Development grants and loans, funding for renewable energy is available from the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and through USDA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. Simply click the buttons below to view these grants.

Multipurpose links also connect to other USDA grant, cost-sharing and technical assistance programs for food and nutrition, agricultural marketing, farm services, forestry, and conservation.


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How to Find USDA Grants & Loans

Grants.gov lists the discretionary grants offered by 26 federal grant-making agencies, including USDA. To view current grant offerings, click the button to the left. On the  Grants.gov home page, under "Find Grant Opportunities" click on the blue tab "Browse Agencies," and select  "Department of Agriculture."

In the header in the chart that appears, it is helpful to click twice on "Close Date" in the far right hand column so grant offerings are listed in the order in which applications or responses are due. Clicking on the "Opportunity Number" to the left of a grant title will take you to a synopsis of the grant. Each synopsis will include links where additional information can be obtained.

National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture provides leadership and funding for programs that advance agriculture-related sciences and ensure the long-term viability of agriculture. Most of NIFA's multiple grants are directed to this end. NIFA  also has a program dedicated to advancing bioenergy, bioproducts and the bioeconomy, known as the B3 Program:

The B3 program is focused on facilitating the development of sustainable regional production systems for biofuels, biopower, and biobased products to promote rural economic development,  environmental services, food security and energy security, and mitigate climate change.

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grants

Phase I Requests for Applications (RFAs) generally are released every year in June with due dates in October. Phase II RFAs generally are released every year in December with due dates in February. Applications can be submitted that address one or more of the 40 topics covered by the USDA SBIR Program, including Advanced Technologies such as Bioenergy and Biotechnology, issues affecting the Environment Issues such as Climate Change, and Natural Resources issues such as Air, Water and Forestry.

Other USDA Grant, Cost Share and Technical Assistance Programs

For information on other USDA financial assistance programs, click on the buttons below: